New Zealand is ranked one of the world's top expatriate destinations. Famed for its magnificent landscape and the beauty of it lakes and mountains, natural flora and fauna, New Zealand also offers a strong diversified economy, excellent educational facilities, good career opportunities and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle with a huge variety of leisure interests in lakes, seas, mountains and cities, all at close hand.

There are many opportunities to work in New Zealand in permanent or short term positions in the major cities and rural heartland. The country is sparsely populated with just under 5 million inhabitants, mostly living in the major cities. The three largest cities are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Cities of New Zealand


Auckland is the largest and most heavily populated urban area in the country with 1.7 million residents and 32 percent of the country’s population. The city lies across an 8 mile wide volcanic isthmus separating two harbours.  Auckland is a centre for yachting in New Zealand, having hosted the America’s Cup regatta, and has more yachts per capita than any other city in the world.  Culturally, Auckland is a melting pot with the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world as well as being home to communities of a number of other cultures.

Auckland is classified as a Beta+ World City because of its importance in commerce, education and arts. The University of Auckland is the largest in New Zealand. Auckland is consistently ranked highly for quality of living. 


The capital city of New Zealand, Wellington is the North Island’s southern most city, nestled between its harbour and surrounding hills.  Wellington is the home of New Zealand's Government, Parliament Supreme Court and major cultural institutions including the National Archives, National Library, National Museum, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet company.

Described by the Lonely Planet Guide in 2011 as the “coolest little capital in the world”, Wellington has a thriving arts scene and is home to many museums, theatres, galleries and arts festivals. Internationally it is known for filmmaking, with a growing number of creative professionals including Sir Peter Jackson based here.


Christchurch is the largest city of New Zealand's  South Island and the third largest city in New Zealand. Internationally famed as ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch is promoted for its close proximity to a wide range of outdoor activities including skiing golf, surfing and mountain biking.  Christchurch is one of five 'gateway cities' for Antarctic exploration, hosting Antarctic support bases for several nations.

Agriculture is the mainstay of Chistchurch's economy and strong technology based industries have developed out of co-operation between local businesses and the academic strengths of the University of Canterbury and other local educational institutions.

While Christchurch did experience a devastating earthquake in February 2011, recovery work is underway, and the city as a whole continues to operate with more and more of the city being re-opened as work is completed. 

Medical and Healthcare Jobs in New Zealand

Odyssey recruits candidates for jobs throughout the whole of New Zealand from major cities to rural areas working with major public hospitals managed by the district health boards, private hospitals and community clinics and partnerships. 

New Zealand offers doctors and other allied medical professionals excellent working conditions, well equipped and managed facilities and sound postgraduate structured educational programmes leading to internationally respected qualifications, achievable in a shorter time than in many other countries. 

New Zealand has skills shortages within the healthcare sector and medical professionals are recognised as priority candidates for New Zealand immigration. The other advantage New Zealand presents, is the right to obtain residency status until the age of 56 with the right to obtain work permits after the age of 56. 

You will need to obtain a license to practice your profession with the appropriate regulatory board in New Zealand and details of the boards can be found via the link below.

Professional Registration Boards - New Zealand

Important Information About Medical Practice in New Zealand

Access to Medical Care

Essential health care is provided free for those who qualify through the public health system.

Publicly funded or subsidised health care includes hospital treatment, 24 hour accident and emergency clinics, prescriptions, most immunisations, out-patient hospital care, and health care for the chronically ill and elderly.

People can also choose to pay for private health insurance.  Private health insurance can pay for private health care, cover the additional cost of health care that is only partly publicly funded, and in some cases will allow people to get treatment sooner where there is a waiting list for publicly funded treatment.

Health policy

The Minister of Health (with Cabinet and the government) develops policy for the health and disability sector and provides leadership. The Minister is supported by the Ministry of Health and its business units, and advised by the Ministry, the National Health Board, Health Workforce New Zealand, the National Health Committee, and other ministerial advisory committees.

Funding structure

Most of the day-to-day business of the system, and around three quarters of the funding, is administered by district health boards (DHBs). DHBs plan, manage, provide and purchase health services for the population of their district to ensure services are arranged effectively and efficiently for all of New Zealand. This includes funding for primary care, hospital services, public health services, aged care services, and services provided by other non-government health providers including Māori and Pacific providers. 

To practice in New Zealand you will need to have knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840, employment law and privacy law and data protection details of which can be found using the link below.

Employment Law and Policies New Zealand

Information about moving to New Zealand

To make your move easier and help you transition into New Zealand society, here is a list of good websites with abundant information about living in New Zealand.

100% Pure NZ An excellent website for resources and information about living in New Zealand.

Working in New Zealand Excellent information about jobs and work in New Zealand.

New Zealand Immigration Information about visas, work permits and residency in New Zealand.

New Zealand History A wonderful website about the culture and history of New Zealand.

Encyclopedia of New Zealand Information about New Zealand's culture, history and society.

New Zealand Weather Latest weather forecasts across New Zealand

Travelling in New Zealand Information about travelling around New Zealand 

Driving Licenses in New Zealand Information about driving in New Zealand

Schools and education in New Zealand Details of New Zealand's education system

Opening a bank account in New Zealand What you need to open a bank account in New Zealand

Taxes in New Zealand Inland Revenue website with tax information

Search for Jobs in New Zealand